Battery warning with engine running

When driving this morning a warning suddenly appeared on the screen: “Battery discharge warning. Please use the system with engine running.” However, the engine definitely was running; we were traveling at 110 km/hour at the time.

I have seen this warning before, after shutting down but with the radio still on. The vehicle is a 2016 Sorento SX AWD with about 115,000 km on the odo. The belt looks good and battery connections are tight.


It’s best to have this checked out by a mechanic to diagnose the cause of the warning. They can perform tests on the alternator, electrical system, and battery to pinpoint the issue.

The alert implies that there might be a problem with the battery or charging mechanism. It’s possible that the system isn’t fully charging the battery even while the engine is operating. A bad alternator, battery, or electrical connection are examples of potential causes. It is best to have a mechanic do a diagnostic check in order to identify and solve the root cause as soon as possible.